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Laundry Rescue Tipsby Jacqui Boorman, Jul 2019
Shrunk your clothes?
Fix your shrinking disasters by adding the item to a bowl full of warm water containing a capful of baby shampoo or adult conditioner to relax the fibres. After about five minutes, take it out, roll it up in a towel and squeeze to remove as much water as possible. Lay on another dry towel and gently stretch back to the original shape. Leave to dry.
Rough towels are usually caused by a build-up of detergent, so cut down on the amount of washing powder you use and don’t add fabric softener. Instead, add 50ml of white vinegar in the final rinse will strip away any detergent, leaving them beautifully soft. Fluff them up further by sticking a clean tennis ball in the tumble drier.
Whiter than whites
Get your whites back to their best by bringing a saucepan full of water containing sliced lemons to the boil. Take it off the heat, then add the clothes you want brightened. Leave to soak for an hour while the citric acid in the fruit lightens the material then wash like normal for brilliant whites. Drying in direct sunlight will also help as it naturally bleaches fabric.